• Insiders say PML-N provides PPP ‘president, Senate chairman, NA speaker’ slots• PPP central government committee meets as we speak; huddle between N-League, PML-Q additionally anticipated• Shehbaz takes Fazl into confidence over PPP talks, seeks JUI-F assist
LAHORE: As political wheeling and dealing has reached its peak within the aftermath of the Feb eight vote through which not a single political celebration may safe a easy majority, the PML-N and PPP have formally began consultations to type a authorities within the Centre with the assistance of their allies.
In opposition to the backdrop of the dialogue with the PPP, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif contacted JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to take him into confidence concerning the assembly with the PPP and likewise sought his assist within the formation of the federal authorities. Maulana Fazl mentioned he would get again to the PML-N on Wednesday.
Equally, a gathering with the MQM was additionally held in Lahore, whereas a gathering with the PML-Q led by Shujaat Hussain in Islamabad is due as we speak (Monday).
This flurry of political actions got here at a time when the PTI-backed unbiased candidates are main within the Nationwide Meeting polls, with at the very least 93 seats. PML-N and PPP respectively have 75 and 54 seats.
As they established a proper contact on Sunday, a staff led by Shehbaz Sharif arrived at Bilawal Home in Lahore to satisfy Asif Ali Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and held discussions for greater than an hour. Solely a joint declaration concerning the assembly was issued, which termed the huddle ‘constructive’, however didn’t lay out a concrete plan.
The declaration mentioned the “discussion included the assessment of Pakistan’s overall situation, deliberations on future political strategies, and the exchange of recommendations aimed at promoting stability and progress across the board”.
Insiders informed Daybreak that the PML-N needed to maintain the slot of the prime minister, similar to the PDM coalition authorities, and in return it provided to the PPP the coveted slots of the president, Nationwide Meeting speaker, and the Senate chairman. The PPP leaders mentioned they might seek the advice of the central government committee in its scheduled assembly in Islamabad as we speak.
The declaration mentioned that the assembly was held in a cordial atmosphere and it expressed dedication to placing the nation’s curiosity and well-being above every thing. “The leaders of both parties engaged in substantive discussions regarding the prevailing political landscape and the imperative of collaborative efforts for the betterment of the country.”
It mentioned that reflecting a spirit of consensus-building, the leaders acknowledged the significance of building a framework for ‘sustained political cooperation’ wagerween the PML-N and PPP, laying the groundwork for a stronger, extra united strategy to addressing the challenges dealing with the nation.
Each events affirmed their dedication to steering the nation away from political instability and in direction of a path of prosperity and resilience. Emphasising the mandate seemingly bestowed upon them by the ‘majority of the people’, the leaders underscored their unwavering dedication to fulfilling the aspirations of the individuals and making certain their voices are heard and heeded, it mentioned.
The PML-N delegation comprised Azam Nazeer Tarar, Ayaz Sadiq, Ahsan Iqbal, Rana Tanveer, Saad Rafique, Malik Ahmad Khan, Marrriyum Aurangzeb, and Shaza Fatima.
Individually, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, who was in Lahore a day in the past, rushed to Islamabad within the morning to satisfy US Ambassador Donald Blome and “discuss with him federal government’s formation and the Feb 8 election process”, sources claimed. On his return from Islamabad, the PPP chairperson held an hour-long assembly with Asif Zardari on the airport earlier than the duo left for Bilawal Home.
A gathering between Nawaz Sharif and PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujat was due in Lahore on Sunday night. Nevertheless, it was postponed for Monday in Islamabad. The Q-League has received three NA seats. A delegation of the MQM, which enjoys 17 NA seats, additionally known as on the PML-N management in Lahore and warranted the hosts of its cooperation in “steering the country out of crisis”.
Printed in Daybreak, February 12th, 2024